Letter to the Editor

Ticketing is solution

San Luis ObispoDecember 15, 2013 

I was distressed but not surprised to read about the number of bike injuries and deaths that occur annually in the city of San Luis Obispo in, “Vicious cycle: City bike lanes can be a risky ride” (Dec. 8). While I am pleased to read how the city is trying to create and improve bike lanes, I don’t think the number of bicycle accidents will be significantly reduced until the city makes it apriority to ticket cyclists and drivers who ignore the rules of the road, especially at intersections. I have seen numerous drivers who treat stop signs and red lights to make left-hand turns as optional — not mandatory. Even more numerous are the number of bicyclists who totally disregard stop signs and red lights. Until the message gets out that city police are making a strong effort to ticket these traffic violations, cyclists and drivers will continue to put themselves and others at risk.

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